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2023 End of Season Wrap Up

25 Sep 2023

2023 season wrap up


1st XI

P 23 W 12 L 7 C 4

Top run scorer – Adam Webster 630 runs at 48.46

Leading wicket taker – Lewys Hill 32 wickets at 17.88

A mixed season for the 1st XI who finished 4th in Div1 with several good results interspersed with some disappointing performances. After being frustratingly knocked out of the Village Cup in the regional stages and having 4 games cancelled due to wet weather, the team never found enough momentum to challenge for the league title. Lewys Hill led the team with the support of senior players Johnny Atkinson, Adam Webster, Dougie Rice and Ravi Mahendra, combined with youthful enthusiasm from youngsters Kaif Iqbal, Harry Hopwood and Aussies, Kieran Weatherall and James Scott. It was great to welcome new players Ash Clark, Alex Fullarton, Cam Taylor and Chris Pepper who all made useful contributions over the season. Highlights included:

  • Double league wins over Eaton Socon
  • 6/35 for Lewys Hill vs Ashmanhaugh in Village Cup
  • 5 wickets for Kieran Weatherall vs Ramsey
  • League and cup centuries for Dougie Rice
  • Century for 16-year-old Ralph Hayward vs March
  • Career best 162 for Adam Webster vs March


2nd XI

P 18 W 7 L 5 C 3

Top run scorer – Jason Coleman 285 runs at 40.71

Leading wicket taker – Matt Daniels 24 wickets at 11.17

A season hampered by mixed availability meant that the 2nd XI struggled to string together consistent performances. However, a 6th place finish in Div3 was an acceptable result given the threat of relegation was still looming over the team up until the final game of the season. Jason Coleman captained the side once again and led from the front, ably supported by Asama Weerasekara, Connor Cheverall and Matt Daniels. New players, Will Stock and Ben Swinton were also key members who formed the core of the playing squad. Highlights included:

  • Matt Daniels 6/12 vs AK XI and 5/12 vs Huntingdon
  • Kieran Weatherall 5/33 including a hattrick vs NCI
  • 92 run partnership by Freddie Kerr-Dineen (62*) and Freddie Doel (54) to beat Histon
  • Last day victory over Eaton Socon defending 134 to fend off relegation including a ‘worldie’ slip catch by Asama Weerasekara


3rd XI

P 14 W 5 L 6 C 0

Top run scorer – Nigel Gadsby 563 runs at 80.43

Leading wicket taker – Rhys Hill 13 wickets at 16.62

The 3rd XI had a good mix of youth and experience in what was a challenging season against some decent opposition, like the 2nd XI they managed to avoid relegation with victory on the last day of the season. Nigel Gadsby and George Dean shared the captaincy, with off-field administration being overseen by new member, Dean Saunders. Nigel showed his class and was dominant with the bat, racking up 2 centuries and a 3 fifties. With the ball, wickets were hard to come by at times, but Rhys Hill ended top of the charts closely followed by Ollie Cambridge. It was great to see so many youngsters experiencing adult cricket for the first time, special mention to Johnny Price, Josh Saunders, Hugh Hayward, and Arthur Pendleton. Highlights included:

  • Nigel Gadsby 115 vs Elmdon and 101* vs Sawston & Babraham
  • Brutal 84* with seven 4’s and six 6’s by George Dean vs Sawston & Babraham
  • 4/12 by Rhys Hill and 4/16 by Hugh Hayward vs Great Chishill
  • Last day victory over Ickleton to avoid relegation including a match winning 127* by Ollie Gadsby


Midweek XI

P 12 W 5 L 6 C 1

Top run scorer – Harry Hopwood 314 runs at 34.89

Leading wicket taker – Asama Weerasekara 10 wickets at 11.50

The midweek team played in Div1 for the first time this year and struggled at times with young (and not so young) players making the step up against some strong sides. Nevertheless, there were some excellent performances, the standout being an unbeaten 102* by Harry Hopwood vs Horseheath. Wickets were shared around, but Asama topped the charts, taking 10 wickets which included a best of 3/10. Similar to the 3rd XI, it was great to see so many younger members playing in these games and experiencing adult cricket for the first time. Special mention to Henry Campbell for all his hard work organising the midweek team once again this year. Highlights included:

  • Harry Hopwood 102* vs Horseheath, 70 vs Helions and 63 vs Sawston & Babraham
  • Asama Weerasekara 3/10 vs Cambourne
  • Raju Devendran 3/19 vs Cambridge Old Monks
  • Well attended end of season curry night